Bahadur Ali, the Pakistani terrorist captured alive during his ongoing interrogation has told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that he had planned to join the stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir and hurl grenades at the security forces. Ali who was captured by the security agencies in J&K three days back is currently being questioned by the NIA in New Delhi.
Ali told his interrogators that he was being handled by a Lashkar-e-Taiiba operative Walid who was based at Muzzaffarabad, Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). "After my two accomplices were killed by the security forces in J&K, I stayed in touch with Walid. The stone pelters were supposed to be my cover," Ali said.
Stone pelters as cover
After capturing Ali, the security forces recovered from his three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and Rs 23,000 in cash. He says that he was to head towards a protest in the state and stand behind the stone pelters and then open fire on the police and security forces.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba has several such people ready in Muzzaffarabad, he also says. He said that they were being sent in batches to join the stone pelters and kill security personnel. "We were told by our handlers to take full advantage of the commotion in Kashmir. We were a team of three who were fully equipped with guns and grenades," he said.
Ali says that after his two associates Dadra Bai and Saad Bai were killed, he was told by his handlers to go ahead with the plan. "I was told that there would be two persons who join me and we could go ahead with the plan," he added.
However, Ali was later arrested by the security forces in Kashmir.